Research posts

Top predictions for the app economy in 2018

2018 will mark the 10-year anniversary for both the Apple App Store and Android Market. Since their launches, mobile apps have impacted society at an astounding pace and scale. Over nearly a decade, the app economy has matured in a number of ways: By the end of October 2017, the iOS App Store and Google … Continue Reading →

Brave new digital world of the classroom

Evelyn Lewis with Massey University’s Institute of Education and an educator with over 25 years of experience in the classroom writes of the challenges the introduction of digital technology into classrooms bring. We need to teach kids digital life skills. By teaching these behaviours we can do our students a service. How many of us, … Continue Reading →

Strategies to “go deep” when reading digitally

Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. But casual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in … Continue Reading →

Māori in the ICT sector

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has released an insightful report into Māori use of information communications technology. A key finding of the Māori me te Ao Hangarau 2015: Māori in the ICT sector report is that Māori, particularly those aged 15-24, are high users of mobile technology to access the internet. “We should be … Continue Reading →

Well integrated technology makes a dramatic difference

A new study by Dr Jenny Poskitt, senior lecturer in education at Massey University New Zealand, found students in years 5-6 made significant gains when technology was introduced to the classroom. The study compared classes of children, one with digital devices and the other technology-free, and tested literacy comprehension at the beginning and end of … Continue Reading →

The case for immersion schooling

The past 200 years have been one long funeral march for the world’s languages. No speakers remain of Russia’s ­Akkala Saami or Brazil’s Xakriabá; ­Turkey’s ­Mlahsô and Guinea’s Baga Kalem have vanished from the Earth. In Canada, from the mid-­seventeenth century until 1996—when the last of this country’s residential schools was shuttered—Indigenous languages such as … Continue Reading →

Bilingualism restructures the brain

There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Source: The Conversation By Christos Pliatsikas, University of Kent Our new research has now highlighted the structural improvements on the brain observed in bilingual people who immerse themselves in two languages. Bilingualism affects the structure of the brain including both major types of brain … Continue Reading →

White Paper on the Effects of Educational Apps

We’ve seen how kids light up when they explore a new app, but here’s hard proof that an educational app really improves student learning.  Monumental gains are shown in this study by Maya Lopuch, Director of Learning Design & Analytics at eSpark Learning. Educators have been excited about iPads in the classroom for years. Until … Continue Reading →

Mobile reading revolution takes off in the developing world

Unesco is pointing to a “mobile reading revolution” in developing countries after a year-long study found that adults and children are increasingly reading multiple books and stories on their phones. Nearly 5,000 people in seven countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe – took part in the research, the largest study of … Continue Reading →

Toddlers using tablets before they can talk

More than a third of American babies are tapping on smartphones and tablets even before they’re walking or talking, according to a new study. And by their first birthday, one in seven infants is using devices for at least an hour a day. The results of the First Exposure and Use of Mobile Media in … Continue Reading →